Belfast Spånga Monopoli Zurich- Everybody talking bout pop music.
Whatever our musical tastes in 2016, for most of us it was probably a pop song that started our interest in music.
There are doubtless exceptions. Those of us who heard Coltrane’s A Love Supreme while lying in our cradles and immediately developed a love for experimental jazz. The ones who at the age of three were saving their pocket money to buy Miles Davis albums.
This is a thread in celebration of the pop song. From Acker Bilk to Tove Lo, from Taming Parlour to Billy Fury. Please post your favourites. Not only the ones that became megahits but also the neglected pop gems that unjustly fell by the wayside.
Pop has had a chequered career. Back in the 60s many musicians were all too happy to be described as a pop star.
And then pop became a dirty word. It was rock music’s commercial, ephemeral, superficial relative.
Andy Partridge from XTC, commenting on his song This is Pop?
“In 1976 I read a tiny review of a group called The Sex Pistols and the journalist was looking for words to describe them and their music. I thought how stupid a lot of writers are, trying to find categories and names for things when surely if you’re in a group to be popular and your music becomes popular then you are a pop group, making pop music. Despite what haughty, clever or elitist tags you are given or claim for yourself. If you don’t want to get wet stay out of the pool.”
This thread is my penance for my sin of being very dismissive recently when Ms Succeeds mentioned pop as a genre. Now I wish to atone for my transgression. I have been to confession. I have said 500 Hail Maria Careys. I have crawled round the Brill Building on my hands and knees 200 times.
Now I’d like to welcome you to the Afterword Pop Club.
A word of warning. Security guards will be checking carefully for impostors.
The Pop Group and Pop Will Eat Itself will be asked to leave the premises. Iggy Pop will be
welcome. First Aid Kit should be OK as long as they bring their dad and his band Lolita Pop.
Icona Pop will be taken straight to the VIP Lounge.
And finally don’t forget all those artists who despite not being “pop” musicians have written at least one great pop song: Zappa, The Smiths, Suzanne Vega, Yes, Kraftwerk, Einsturzande Neubaten…..